Martley Guild AGM Minutes

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                                MARTLEY DISTRICT CHANGE
                                RINGERS GUILD
		                Master:  Martin Stallard
		                4 Teasel Close, 
                                Worcester WR5 3ST
		                01905 352857



1) Apologies for absence: Louise Wooley, Alan Gosling, Lucy and Jacob Edwards, Brian Taylor, Chris Phillips, 
David and Jenny Beacham, Judith O'Leary, Alison Hodge, Iris and Tony Checketts, Mark Regan, John Haydon, 
Joe Crocker and Mike Snelling.

2) Loss of Members through Death. There were no members lost to us during the year.

3) Minutes of the Meeting held on 12th November 2014.  These were accepted by the meeting as a true record and were signed by the chairman..

4) Matters arising from the Minutes.  None.

5) Election of new members.  Nic Cronin was proposed as an unattached member by Bob Browne and seconded by Jim Wheeler. 
Faye Leach was proposed as a new member at Broadwas tower by Linda Taylor and seconded by David Mountford. Both nominations were accepted by the meeting.

6) Officers Reports for 2014/2015. 
Master’s Report 
Treasurer’s Report 
Ringing Steward’s Report  
Record Secretary’s Report   

7) Election of Officers for 2015/2016. 

Master: Martin Stallard was proposed by Margaret Bayliss and seconded by Janet Mann.

Deputy Master: John Haydon was proposed by Bob Browne and seconded by John Westwood.

Treasurer: Janet Stallard was proposed by  Margaret Bayliss  and seconded by Linda Taylor.

Secretary: No nominations so the post is vacant. 

Records Secretary: Michael Snelling was proposed by Bob Bayliss and seconded by Janet Mann.

Ringing Steward: Joe Crocker was proposed by Janet Mann and seconded by Linda Taylor.

Committee Members: Margaret Bayliss was proposed by Linda Taylor and seconded by Janet Stallard. 
Janet Mann was proposed by Linda Taylor and seconded by Janet Stallard.  

Hon Auditor: Bob Davis was proposed by  Margaret Bayliss and seconded by Jim Wheeler. 

All these were accepted by the meeting.
8) Monthly Practices:  A review of the practices throughout the year was reported to the meeting by the Master and a discussion took place. 
It was dcecided to replace the monthly practices at Leigh, Ombersley, Astley and Shelsley with special practices instead. 
We would keep the fifth Wednesday practices at Hallow but drop the extra monthly practice because four quarterly practices will be enough. 
We have agreed with the Bromyard ringers to drop the alternate Bromyard and Hallow practice arrangement so all fifth Wednesday practices will be at Hallow. 
This motion was proposed by David Mountford and seconded by Bob Browne.  
It was agreed to trial this new practice arrangement for the next year and agree special method practices with tower captains.                                                                                                                                           
9) Programme of Events for 2016.
a) Thursday March 17th: special practice at Shelsley.
b) Short Break. Joe Crocker will arrange a trip to Cambridge. This will probably be in April to avoid a clash with Cambridge student examinations.
c) Guild Outing. The date for the Guild outing in 2016 is proposed as June 17th and Martin Stallard will explore, basing it around Bridgnorth.
d) Summer Afternoon/Evening Outing: Thursday July 21st.
e) Summer Evening Outing: Thursday August 18th to Coddington and another tower possibly Bosbury.
f) Monday September 19th: Special practice at Astley.

The committee decided to drop the Martley Guild Walk owing to poor attendance.
More events will be organised if required. 

10) Hereford Ringing Course 2016: The dates will be 31st March through 3rd  April 2016. 
Funds are available to help with fees either from the Guild or from the Sarah Beacham Trust. 
As is usual practice, the following enabling motion was put to the meeting by the chairman:- 
" this meeting agrees that the committee may at its discretion provide financial support from Guild funds to any member attending, 
as a learner, the Hereford Ringing Course 2016, with priority to be given to reimbursement of course fees and up to a total of £300 
irrespective of the number of applicants." 

11) Tower Reports. 
Astley:    Vic Powell reported the bells are in good condition. Received  help from Shrawley to ring on the first Sunday of the month.
           Received annual maintenance from Taylors. Three weddings this year.  The Western Branch  striking competition was held here in June. 
           Had visitors in June.  Richard Pulin called a peal of seven minor methods in August
Broadwas:  Bob Browne reported there are no local ringers. Bells are in good condition with new ropes. Well attended practices and thanks for the help received. 
           They receive support for Sunday service ringing. They have one learner Faye Leach.
Clifton:   Nobody was present from Clifton and no report was available.  
Grimley:   David Mountford reported the tower practices have been well supported by the Guild and Hallow has provided support with Sunday services. 
           Monthly practices on the last Tuesday of the month will start again in March 2016 until and including October.
Hallow:    Geoff Munslow reported the bells are rung every Sunday but often there are only six ringers. 
           Practices are well attended, The equipment is in good condition.  No learners at present. 
Leigh:     Chris Phillips left the Master a message reporting there has been three weddings this year but no ringing on Sundays because of no local band. 
Martley:   Martin Curren reported practices are well attended Sunday service ringing is  good when there is a service.
Ombersley: Nobody was present from Ombersley and no report was available.  
Shelsley:  Nobody was present from Shelsley but it was reported that some practices have taken place.
Shrawley:  John Westwood reported a new priest arrived in September. Practices are well attended. 
           Bells are rung on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Two new members.  There was a tower outing to the Cotswolds. 
           They came 4th at the Western Branch striking competition. The bells are in good order.
Suckley:   Linda Taylor reported they receive help from outside ringers. 
           They ring for one service a month. One wedding and two funerals this year.  Bells are fine. Planning to move to one practice a month on a Thursday.

12) AOB: The meeting was reminded of the availability of Guild Regalia and Chris Martin is happy to carry on coordinating this on behalf of the Guild. Chris will obtain the latest price list. 
     It was suggested that we review the wording upon the service sheets.  
     There was a vote of thanks to everyone who had helped provide tea and refreshments and to the Vicar and Chris Martin for their help with the service. 
     Date and Venue of next Meeting:- After some discussion it was decided to hold the next meeting on a Wednesday because of poor turnout on a Saturday. 
     The next meeting will be held at Broadwas on Wednesday 9th November 2016.

The meeting closed at 19.05 pm. 

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